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East-West Shrine Wrap-up

Saturday, January 20, 2018


Stuck between the CFB Playoff and the Senior Bowl is the less publicized East-West Shrine Game, held on Saturday, January 20 in St. Petersburg, FL. Although the highest profile NFL-bound senior prospects attend the Senior Bowl, the East-West Shrine annually graduates solid mid-round talents that produce early in their rookie seasons.

 

Recent alumni include: Joe Thuney, Javon Hargrave, Fabian Moreau, Juston Burris, Justin Simmons, Dean Lowry, Graham Glasgow, Robby Anderson, De’Vondre Campbell, Alex Lewis, Anthony Brown, Brian Poole, Brandon Shell, Parker Ehinger, Elijah McGuire, Xavier Woods, Trey Hendrickson, Deatrich Wise, Geronimo Allison, Derek Watt, Jamon Brown, Mark Glowinski, John Miller, Justin Coleman, Jake Ryan, and many more.

 

This week matters.

 

Earlier in the week I posted a conversation I had with an NFL Director of College Scouting. I’ll have plenty of Senior Bowl Coverage next week as well. If you want some behind the scenes stuff, follow me on Instagram.

 

I’ve learned the goal of this week is to identify the top 10, 15 or 20 prospects attending. Therefore, here is said list:


1. Miami EDGE Chad Thomas - Entered the week as my favorite prospect attending and followed it up with an outstanding first practice. As the week went on, Thomas was allowed to rush on the inside as well. At 6-foot05 and 275-pounds, he has an ideal frame for any system, with the strength and movement to succeed on the edge. Thomas will be at next week’s Senior Bowl as well. He’s a very successful music producer as well… and if that leads to questions about his commitment, then I don’t know what to tell you. We all have interests outside of our profession.


2. NC State EDGE Kentavius Street - Street is just after Thomas on the list by the tiniest of margins. The two are a bit different. Street offers a squatty 6-foot-2 and 285-pound build, but his burst off the line is outstanding. He displays enough bend to take advantage of those opening three steps, plus plenty of strength and leverage in his hands as well. Street has a history of playing inside. I would not be surprised if he tests like one of the top edge rushers in this class.


3. USF DL Deadrin Senat - Let’s continue the squatty defensive line trend. Senat is so much fun to watch. He has a natural anchor in the running game thanks to leverage, but what separates interior defensive linemen is their ability to disrupt. Look at this pass rush snap from a 6-foot, 322-pound ball of muscle.



4. Fordham RB Chase Edmonds - He was hurt following practice early in the week and will focus on rehabbing his ankle injury ahead of the NFL Combine. There are a number of undersized backs in this draft class. Phillip Lindsay, Ito Smith and Akrum Wadley, among others, so Edmonds’ 5-foot-9 and 203-pound frame does not look as bad. He’s very good at creating yards against defenders in space


5. Hawaii OL Dejon Allen - Another injured player who left early after breaking a small bone in his hand. He won’t need surgery. Powerful and uses his length well. Will transition inside in the NFL.


6. Virginia Tech CB Brandon Facyson - Has the length press corner teams look for (32 ⅞-inch arms) and uses that to disrupt the catch point.


7. Texas DL Poona Ford - Received the Senior bowl call-up, one that Senat declined. Ford resembles a stump at 5-foot-11 and 309-pounds. His floor is a run stopper, the question is if he can get upfield.


8. Nebraska CB Josh Kalu - I feel like I’m the only one talking about Kalu. He moved around at Nebraska and was even asked to play safety. He is a press corner and showed why. For one, he has 32 ¾-inch arms. Second, Kalu consistently jammed his opposition this week and even prevented some receivers to get beyond the 5-yard mark before intercepting the pass. That rarely happens in one on ones.


9. Penn State WR DaeSean Hamilton - Hamilton is doing his best work in the slot. His vertical routes from that alignment were productive against Michigan, and he is not afraid to elevate and square up for a contested catch.


10. South Dakota State WR Jake Wieneke - I’m not sure if Wieneke made many plays this week, but this point stands: Prospects who have one area of dominance have a chance to succeed in the NFL. Wieneke’s is contested catches or winning in the big game.


11. UNI WR Daurice Fountain - Chris Conley vibes, and his athletic testing might be just a notch below Conley, who is a total freak. Fountain made more plays at wideout during the week of practice than any other prospect at the position.


12. Michigan State C Brian Allen - Consistent. Younger brother of an NFL offensive lineman. Can he offer enough at guard to be considered a utility lineman?


13. Pitt CB Avonte Maddox - Burst, explosion, fluidity and aggression. Maddox looks like a future slot corner.


14. Army OL Brett Toth - He has a long way to go after playing a hybrid 6th-lineman, tight end role with run focused Army. But he appears athletic, nimble and showed up at 304 pounds. He will be at the Senior Bowl.


15. Northwestern RB Justin Jackson - Patient, productive runner. Who knows if he has enough size for NFL teams to give him a chance, but I would not put it past him to make the most of that opportunity.


16. Wagner OL Greg Senat - Former basketball player turned tackle. As expected, his movement impressive, but his positioning and strength need work.


17. UConn DL Folorunso Fatukasi - Moments of disruption from the interior to go along with his 6-foot-4 and 318-pound frame.


18. Penn State CB Grant Haley - Aggressive when working upfield and consistently stuck with his assignment when I was watching this week.


19. Oklahoma State S Tre Flowers - Just a ridiculous, uncommon frame at safety. 6-foot-3, 193-pounds with 34-inch arms. Lined up at both free and strong safety.


20. Wisconsin S Natrell Jamerson - Jamerson low key put together a great week. At times he walked in closer to the box, and he wasn’t afraid to hit backs, tight ends working off the line or receivers crossing into his area.


21. Miss State TE/WR Jordan Thomas - I’m not sure what you do with a 6-foot-5, 269-pound pass catcher who mainly lined up at receiver this week, but I want to find out. He is fluid for that size, and if shows a willingness to block he could work as a true tight end. But he needs to be at least adequate as a blocker. His future is not lining up out wide, like he did often this week.



Josh Norris is an NFL Draft Analyst for Rotoworld and contributed to the Rams scouting department during training camp of 2010 and the 2011 NFL Draft. He can be found on Twitter .
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